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some of these are from the end of 2006, but i stopped keeping track, so i'm tacking the ones that i remember on here.

1. Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold. i have a vague memory of writing this one up already, but couldn't find the entry, so here you go. good sci-fi, and lots of badass industrial metalworking in space.

2. A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge. one of those books that's been on the should-read-this list for awhile. i liked it, but wished he hadn't tied everything up quite so neatly at the end.

3. The Moor's Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie. read this one over the course of a very busy week or two, so my memory of it is a little scattered, but i enjoyed it very much. intricate and strange.

4. Next, Michael Chrichton. a gift from my grandmother; i think it wasn't quite the book she was expecting it to be. the usual pop-science thriller. there were some interesting thought-experiment bits, if you can get past the plot holes and egregious science errors.

5. JTHM: Director's Cut & Squee, Jhonen Vasquez. a great way to spend a saturday morning. i swear. doesn't leave you misanthropic and wanting to hide in your closet and smash things, not at all.

6. Eragon, Christopher Paolini. escapist brain-candy for a difficult cross-country flight. (though not as difficult as it might've been, since for the first time i got bumped to first class for the ATL-SFO leg.)

7. Books of Magic, Neil Gaiman et al. good stuff, a gift from [livejournal.com profile] violin. i've seen other books from the series in my favorite used-bookstore; anyone know if they're any good?

8. Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver. a re-re-read, but she's still one of my favorite authors.

...and that's all i can remember for now.

Date: 2007-01-30 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eilonwy.livejournal.com
Books of Magic, yay! Are you talking about the graphic novels, or about the novelizations made of the graphic novels? Because I highly recommend the graphic novels, but in no way endorse the novelizations.

I have and have read all the BoM, and the various spin-offs (some of which required some serious comic shop haunting, let me tell you.) The entire series is excellent, although admittedly it gets a bit ... not-quite-coherent... at the end of Peter Snebjerg's (sp?) run. Then Peter Gross took over, and fixed it and drew it to a conclusion.

Then there was a mini-series (Hunter) and another series (short lived, Hunter the Age of Magic) and then *another* series, which may or may not still be going (Hunter: Life in Wartime.) The shoot-offs/spin-offs, since I've mentioned so much as I have so far, include two Books of Faerie mini-series, a cross-over with Hellblazer, several shorts in the original Vertigo: Winter's Edge compilations (at least the first two) and something called The Children's Crusade, which was a cross-over with a book that was never actually published called Arcadium.

And lots of characters from The Sandman show up.

Um. But if you're talking about the novelizations, then pretend I didn't write any of the above. :)

Date: 2007-01-30 08:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iridium.livejournal.com
i was indeed talking about the graphic novels; i hadn't even known that the novelizations existed. thanks for the descrip & recommendations! :)

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